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Jeremiah 21 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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No Deliverance from Babylon
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:1 - The LORD spoke through Jeremiah when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of Malkijah and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, to speak with him. They begged Jeremiah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:2 - “Please speak to the LORD for us and ask him to help us. King Nebuchadnezzar[fn] of Babylon is attacking Judah. Perhaps the LORD will be gracious and do a mighty miracle as he has done in the past. Perhaps he will force Nebuchadnezzar to withdraw his armies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:3 - Jeremiah replied, “Go back to King Zedekiah and tell him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:4 - ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will make your weapons useless against the king of Babylon and the Babylonians[fn] who are outside your walls attacking you. In fact, I will bring your enemies right into the heart of this city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:5 - I myself will fight against you with a strong hand and a powerful arm, for I am very angry. You have made me furious!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:6 - I will send a terrible plague upon this city, and both people and animals will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:7 - And after all that, says the LORD, I will hand over King Zedekiah, his staff, and everyone else in the city who survives the disease, war, and famine. I will hand them over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and to their other enemies. He will slaughter them and show them no mercy, pity, or compassion.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:8 - “Tell all the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: Take your choice of life or death!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:9 - Everyone who stays in Jerusalem will die from war, famine, or disease, but those who go out and surrender to the Babylonians will live. Their reward will be life!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:10 - For I have decided to bring disaster and not good upon this city, says the LORD. It will be handed over to the king of Babylon, and he will reduce it to ashes.’
Judgment on Judah’s Kings
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:11 - “Say to the royal family of Judah, ‘Listen to this message from the LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:12 - This is what the LORD says to the dynasty of David:
“‘Give justice each morning to the people you judge!
Help those who have been robbed;
rescue them from their oppressors.
Otherwise, my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire
because of all your sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:13 - I will personally fight against the people in Jerusalem,
that mighty fortress—
the people who boast, “No one can touch us here.
No one can break in here.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 21:14 - And I myself will punish you for your sinfulness,
says the LORD.
I will light a fire in your forests
that will burn up everything around you.’”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; also in 21:7.
Or Chaldeans; also in 21:9.

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